Egypt finds doctor's tomb in pyramid city

29th Oct 2013

Egypt's myriad cultural sites have been added to with the discovery of an eminent physician's massive limestone tomb.

Travellers on city breaks to Giza already know all about its existing attractions, including its legendary Great Pyramids in the Giza Necropolis.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, also known as the Pyramid of Khufu, is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact, nearly 4,600 years after it was finished.

Today Giza is on the map again.

Archaeologists at Abusir Archaeological Cemetery have uncovered the last resting place of Shepseskaf 'ankh, which has been undisturbed for 4,500 years.

Shepseskaf 'ankh was Head of Physicians of Upper and Lower Egypt in the Fifth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom.

His importance is depicted by the vastness of the tomb, which measures 69ft by 45ft long and 13ft high.

Ali ALasfar, vice head of the Ancient Egyptian sector, said a big door daubed in hieroglyphs revealed its inhabitant is the "Priest of Magic".

The bogus door with the name, title and images of its owner is situated inside a chapel where the tomb itself was found, Fox News revealed.

In addition, the door in the eastern part of the tomb claims the medicine man was one of the key contemporary royal physicians in Ancient Egypt.

It is the third tomb of a doctor found in the same cemetery.

This is a gigantic necropolis near to modern Cairo and acted as an upper-class burial place for the Ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis.

The graveyard where the tomb was discovered is part of a massive pyramid field that goes from north Giza to Saqqara.

It was designed to complement Giza, which was already saturated with funeral monuments of the 5th Dynasty pharaohs, according to Heritage Dail.


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